Elements Redefined

Contemporary society is dependent deeply on electronic consumption. What art is and can become has become borderless. There are museums curated specifically in purpose for social media (instagram museums) where consumers come to take photos with the art. Although hard to tell: this can still be art. We design to take this concept and bring a celebratory-positive aspect to digital dependency. Through the use of sustainable materials and simple holograms, projections, fans, and lights, we create a carnival fun house inspired area.

To evoke the feeling of a journey, we leaned back on the classic trope of the four elements (Water, Earth, Air, and Fire). Then, through the use of Procreate, we rendered our pop-up. This allowed us to capture the full range of color and texture that we imagined.

Open to all community members, our pop-up welcomes all who are interested in experiencing a relaxing yet interactive installation. The play concept lures in children and adults by the juxtaposition between nature and digital. However, our audience is truly dependent on the current location of the pop up. The different events it could be placed at curate a different variety of visitors; although likely the most common are older teens and young adults.
I was in charge of creating the Earth room. The earth room's centerpiece is a large, deconstructed tree made of wood panels which expand onto the wall in combination with grey and green panels (to represent stone and grass, respectively) to form an overall feeling of being completely surrounded by the element. Likewise, the grass panels would expand upwards from the floor, creating a kind of puzzle-piece effect in combination with the wood panels. Visitors would ideally not have shoes on, and the floor would be made of a turf. The river on the ground serves to connect the water and earth rooms and make them more cohesive.

I wanted this room to be somewhere people could spend time, relax, and reflect. I chose to make the room mostly comprised of organic, curvilinear forms to foster this feeling. The roots of the trees are made so that visitors are able to sit on them. The live elements, like the flowers, leaves, butterflies, and river, would illuminate in response to touch or pressure from visitors. Visitors can also jump from rock to rock if they would like to have a more active role in the room.

Hannah Lesser 2023